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Ghostly International
Remember how lovely it was to be beachside, chilling with friends, mojito in one hand and spliff in another? No, we don’t either. But if the chance to partake in such activities ever arises, this new album from percussionist Brijean Murphy and multi-instrumentalist Doug Stuart would make a splendid soundtrack. Building on the hazy lounge-pop of last year’s ‘Walkie Talkie’, the LP’s 11 cuts serve as a party-music dreamscape, with Murphy’s blissful vocals and subtly propulsive percussion work gliding over lush, shimmering instrumentation and laid-back rhythms that hint at warmer climes. But ‘Feelings’ steers well clear of the kind of cocktail-jazz banality that this kind of music can sometimes suffer — listen to the heavenly coos of ‘Day Dreaming’ or the gorgeously floating, exotica-tinged ‘Lathered In Gold’ and just try to resist. Better yet, just give in to its atmospheric charms. BRUCE TANTUM